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UK energy entrepreneur wins in Shell global innovation prize

Thu, 15 November 2018

Shell LiveWIRE UK alumnus Josh Burton, of Metronome Energy, wins $20,000 at global awards ceremony.
Josh Burton, an innovator from the UK, received the top award under the category of Energy Solutions in this year’s Shell LiveWIRE Top Ten Innovators Awards, a global competition which highlights and rewards entrepreneurs that demonstrate excellence in innovation.
Metronome Energy has developed low-cost technology which balances demands on the national energy grid during peak times.
Our congratulations go to Josh who emerged as the top winner after an intense business pitch competition, beating two other entrepreneurs, HySiLabs, from France, and Alternate Energy, from Nigeria.
Josh Burton from Metronome Energy said: “I couldn’t believe it when I realised we had won. This $20k and the accompanying support will help us to scale up the business. This means we can help hundreds more farmers to develop new income streams that benefits not just them, but also the grid and all other energy users.”
After an intense business pitch competition, the winners were announced at the Shell LiveWIRE Top Ten Innovators Awards Event on 14 November 2018 in Kuching, Malaysia during Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW).
The winner of each category received a top prize of $20,000 and the two runners-up from each category received a prize of US $10,000. All nine winners received an award package, including mentoring support by a Shell expert, the opportunity to benefit from market linkages and the possibility to be considered as a vendor to Shell’s Retail business.
The complete list of the 2018 Top Ten Innovator finalists are as follows:
Energy Solutions
Metronome Energy has developed low-cost technology which balances demands on the national energy grid during peak times.
HySiLabs delivers a unique energy transportation solution, not requiring energy to release hydrogen.
Alternate Energy provides solar and wind powered community solutions, including water treatment and off-grid solar farms.
Retail Supply Chain
WormingUp is an agricultural consultancy specialising in the farming of insects for effective organic waste management.
Flawsome! Drinks makes sustainable fruit juices from misshapen fruits, relieving farmers of stock going to waste.
Terravixta’s Plástico Precioso collects and distributes waste plastics to collectors and artisan cooperatives.
Social Enterprises
Greenna’s waste management solutions create fashionable products from recycled plastics.
Mulheres Do Sul Global economically empower women refugees by supporting their self-employment as seamstresses.
Ai Brique
Ai Brique are consultants in green technological solutions to improve business operations and energy efficiency.
Outstanding Achievement
De-Rabacon Plastics is a social enterprise that recycles end-consumer plastics into viable commercial products.
The nine entrepreneurs were judged by an international panel of business leaders chaired by Joerg Wienke, VP Global Retail Marketing at Shell.
“It’s been incredibly inspiring to see passionate entrepreneurs from around the world share innovative business ideas designed to tackle some of the world’s most pressing issues,” said Joerg Wienke, VP Global Retail Marketing. “Achieving a truly sustainable retail business will only be possible by doing things differently. We want to partner with creative thinkers like those in this year’s Top Ten Innovators so that we can leverage their innovative mindset to improve the sustainability of our business whilst supporting them to turn their enterprising ideas into viable and long-term businesses”
Other members of the panel are: Gaurav Gupta, Regional Director Asia and energy lead at Dalberg; Esther Wang, previous winner and Founder of Joytingle; Gwen Abiola-Oloke, Investment Director of Western Africa at GroFin; and Nurfarini Daing, Co-Founder and CEO of myHarapan, Youth Business Foundation, Malaysia.
Alex Annaev said, “I am thrilled that an entrepreneur from the UK won the global awards, which showcased the talent and innovation of our country!”
As part of the Top Ten Innovators event, the entrepreneurs visited a Shell Retail station to collaborate and co-create innovative ideas with Shell operations and marketing employees to enhance the sustainability of the Retail business and support local communities.
Top Ten Innovators is a worldwide competition open to the alumni of Shell LiveWIRE. Its objective is to reward exceptional examples of innovation within businesses supported by the programme and to create a cohort of role models to inspire young entrepreneurs across the globe.
This year’s Awards were held in partnership with Shell Retail with the aim of identifying outstanding Shell LiveWIRE businesses which can enhance the sustainability of Shell Retail business and operations.

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